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SIRHA LYON 2023

The renowned food conference of the year, Sirha Lyon 2023, is back to host all the world’s professionals and experts in French and international cuisine. Thursday, January 19th, will mark the start of a unique five-day, immersive experience where executives and pioneers within the hospitality industry can exchange craft and culinary insights. Concepts become reality, reinventing the new world order of gastronomy and destination travel.

For its 21st edition, Sirha Lyon offers a total immersion in the heart of Food Service. For its 40th anniversary, this event is gathering more than 4,700 exhibitors and brands from all over the world to honour the restaurant, hotel and food industries. Held at Eurexpo, with 140,000 square meters dedicated to innovation and culinary excellence, this special edition offers an exclusive programs rich in novelties, demonstrations, performances and testimonials.

More than ever before, Sirha Lyon invites you to discover the latest culinary innovations. Discover foodtech discoveries such as the 3D food printing method by La Pâtisserie Numérique, which allows you to print in 3D chocolate, meringues or sugar paste for a quick and 100% homemade result.

Venture into the 250 square meter start-up village to meet the 30 new French entrepreneurs who are innovating for the food of today and tomorrow. On the program: plant-based foie gras, fruit and vegetable bars, seaweed snacks, and much more.

With VIP guests, feedback from food service experts and exclusive competitions such as the Golden Fish competition, Sirha Lyon reveals an unprecedented program.

Compete in 16 exceptional contests such as the World Pastry Cup, the Bocuse d’Or and the International Catering Cup, with the option to follow live, high-voltage tests carried out by candidates from all over the world, including the new rising stars of gastronomy.

Experience 9 event stages that offer various immersive experiences. At the inauguration of the Sirha Food Forum, enjoy the presence of nearly 80 renowned professionals including the famous Michelin-starred chef, Mauro Colagreco or Kevin Mauffrey, Deliveroo’s sales director, as well as unprecedented performances by renowned chefs. On the Sirha Coffee Show stage, rub shoulders with the best baristas in France and take part in alternate exclusive competitions. In addition, take a seat in the new restaurant dedicated to meats, Sirha Meat & Grill.

Introducing 14 international pavilions with almost 375 square meters dedicated to the Canadian and Saudi pavilions. Take a culinary world tour through the show’s aisles and get a sneak preview of products that combine quality and authenticity.

Day 2: baking and pastry, coffee, cooking, and agriculture.

Podiums of January 19 : 

  • International Catering Cup : Gold medal : USA ; Silver medal : France ; Bronzes medal : Czec Republic
     
  • Golden Fish Contest : Gold medal : Romain Paro ; Silver medal : Sandy Ruffray ; Bronzes medal : Eulalie Rus
     
  • Golden Shell Contest : Gold medal : Kevin Di Sarno ; Silver medal : Clément Marandon ; Bronzes medal : Jérémie Rubey
     

Sirha Food Forum – Theme: Technonature

Contest :

  • Pastry World Cupfirst day of the international final for the 18 selected countries. Under the theme of climate change, the teams composed of three pastry chefs (one ice cream specialist, one sugar expert and one chocolate maker) will join forces to take on the various challenges.
    >  9am to 6pm – Espace des Chefs
     
  • French bakery cupsecond and penultimate day of the competition for the twelve teams consisting of three bakers who will compete in the bread, viennoiserie, artistic buffet and snacking events.
    >  9am to 6pm – Sirha Bake & Pastry
     
  • Le Gargantua: final and prize-giving ceremony for the eight teams competing for the title of the best community management cook in France.
    > 9am to 11:40am – Sirha Métiers de bouche. Prize-giving ceremony at 12.20 pm.
     
  • French Barista Championshipopening of the first preliminary phase which will lead to the selection of the six best competitors judged on taste, cleanliness, technique, presentation and creativity which will be highlighted during the signature drink test.
    > 12.30 pm to 3 pm – Sirha Coffee Show
     
  • Alpro Latte Art Challengefinal and prize-giving ceremony for baristas who challenge themselves on different coffee-related challenges.
    > 9am to 11pm – Sirha Coffee Show. Prize-giving ceremony at 11:30 am.
     
  • French Coffee in Good Spirit Championshipfirst day of the competition to qualify for the world championship which highlights the mixology skills of baristas ranging from the preparation of a traditional Irish coffee (with whisky and coffee) to the creation of unique cocktails.
    > 3:30 pm to 6 pm – Sirha Coffee Show
     
  • World Burger Contest: award ceremony for the eight finalists who will challenge each other with three creative recipes for gourmet burgers: a traditional burger with a meat, poultry or a fish composition, a veggie burger and a sweet burger.
    > 1pm to 5:30pm – Sirha Métiers de bouche. Prize-giving ceremony at 5:30 pm.

Don’t hesitate to come and discover, on the Place des Lumières and throughout the show, Les Pépites de la Boulangerie : 19 trophies elected by a jury of experts made up of chain and independent bakers, distributors and various specialists.

> For more information on the day’s programme: click here


January 20th Contest Results:

  • The Gargantua contest  Gold medal: Hauts de France (David Rose and Thibaut Tanfin); Silver medal: Île de France (Camille Doyen and Marco Baeza); Bronze medal: Occitanie (Stéphane Baumard and Nawab Mohamed)
     
  • Alpro Latte Art Challenge  Gold medal: Addy Menon; Silver medal: Marine Vidot; Bronze medal: Chris Antoine
     
  • World Burger Contest Gold medal: Julien Chauvenet ; Silver medal: Louis-Gautier Lepers ; Bronze medal: Lionel ravel

The program for January 21:

Sirha Food Forum – Theme: Human well-being 

 
Contests :

  • World Pastry Cup: last day of the final and prize-giving by a jury of recognised professionals who will evaluate the 42 tasting desserts and three artistic pieces made by each country.
    > 9am to 6pm – Chefs’ area. Prize-giving ceremony at 6pm
     
  • French Bakery Cup: final and prize-giving ceremony of this 16th edition on the theme of the conquest of space.
    > 9am to 4.45pm – Sirha Bake & Pastry. Prize-giving ceremony at 4.45 pm.
     
  • Maître d’Hôtel Trophy: final and prize-giving ceremony of the competition sponsored by Carole Duval-Leroy, head of Duval-Leroy champagnes for more than thirty years. The 6 finalists will be judged on the basis of 5 tests in the form of workshops: professional culture, the art of service, the art of serving cheese, the art of coffee cocktails and the art of food and wine pairing.
    > 1pm to 5.30pm – Sirha Métiers de bouche. Prize-giving ceremony at 5:30 pm.
     
  • Barista French Championship: start of the second preliminary phase to qualify the 6 best candidates for the final on 22 January.
    > 9am to 1pm – Sirha Coffee Show
     
  • Coffee in Good Spirit Championship: launch of the preliminary phase to decide between the candidates before the final, based on innovative drink recipes that highlight coffee and spirits.
    > 3pm to 6pm – Sirha Coffee Show
     

Visit Place des Lumières to discover the exhibition of 81 Sirha Innovations products, including the twelve winning products of the Sirha Innovation Awards, until 23 January.

> For more information on the day’s programme: click here

Sirha Lyon 2023 International hospitality, restaurant, travel, culinary conference in France via 360 MAGAZINE.
Sirha Lyon 2023 International hospitality, restaurant, travel, culinary conference in France via 360 MAGAZINE.
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Sirha Lyon 2023 International hospitality, restaurant, travel, culinary conference in France via 360 MAGAZINE.
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A Globe-trotting Brand: The Hard Rock Cafe

With its long-standing association with American rock ‘n’ roll, something that finally coalesced into a guitar-shaped hotel and casino in South Florida, the Hard Rock Cafe is one of the most recognizable chains in the world. However, the fifty-year-old company is actually a British export, having been founded in London way back in 1971. Is it still the icon today that it claims to be though?

Memorabilia

As brands become more corporate, they have a tendency to shed their early fans in favor of a more mainstream audience. The Hard Rock is a perfect example. Now with a huge range of restaurants, hotels, casinos, and even stadia to its name, its modern visage is almost impossible to compare to its earliest ventures, i.e. the cafe in Mayfair, London, that puts rock memorabilia on the walls.

Of course, for the people who still regularly call it home, none of that matters. The Hard Rock will likely always be considered an icon of the music world, even if investor meetings get in the way of open mic nights. Its fame around the world does vary just like any other franchise (it’s conspicuously absent from parts of Australia and Canada, for instance) but a growing online brand is maintaining its global relevance.

Cyberspace

On that note, the Hard Rock Cafe seems to be moving into the online casino industry, without shedding any of its prior interests in hospitality. The company already has 11 brick-and-mortar casinos, including one that opened in 2021 in Gary, Indiana, and another on the Las Vegas Strip, but it has been able to operate in cyberspace since 2018 when the Hard Rock casino started serving New Jersey. 

Competition for customers in this space is fierce, especially in the United States, where the casino industry is still rather new. In an effort to get ahead of its rivals, the Hard Rock has started offering welcome bonuses to new players, which currently include no deposit spins and a $1,000 deposit match. In their post on the topic, the BonusFinder website indicates that this is fairly standard practice for US websites. Sites such as this provide all the necessary information for consumers to make informed decisions about the best option for them on the market.

Canada

With world domination seemingly complete, where does the Hard Rock go from here? As mentioned, there are still some gaps in its global coverage but the first steps toward fixing that are underway. By 2025, there should be a new Hard Rock in Canada, in London, Ontario. The franchise has previously had ten different establishments north of the border, all of which are now closed. 

The Hard Rock also has plans to create around eight more hotels, casinos, and restaurants before the middle of this decade. This will include bases in smaller regions such as Serbia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Suriname, which will end up with two Hard Rock Cafes sometime in 2023. There are also plans for a Rockford, Illinois arm of the brand to accompany the Hard Rock in Chicago. 

Overall, while the Hard Rock Cafe might be about as indie as McDonald’s in 2023, it’s still one of the most popular alternative hotel chains in the world.

Sahara Vegas hotel and resort New year's party via 360 MAGAZINE.

SAHARA LAS VEGAS NYE

SAHARA Las Vegas announces its roster of events and promotions for January, which includes New Year’s festivities, exclusive offers for CES attendees, winter specials at Amina Spa, as well as featured dishes. Meanwhile, players will want to ensure they enroll in SAHARA’s Infinity Rewards membership program to take advantage of the casino’s January gaming promotions.

Highlighted specials, promotions and events follow:

TWO-DAY NEW YEAR’S EXTRAVAGANZA

SAHARA Las Vegas invites guests to ring in 2023 with a two-day New Year’s extravaganza. On New Year’s Eve, attendees can celebrate with a select open bar, live music, DJs, go-go dancers, illusionists and other Instagrammable moments. The evening will conclude with a New Year’s countdown at AZILO Ultra Pool at midnight, and guests will be able to view fireworks launched from the surrounding area. On New Year’s Day, guests are invited to enjoy SAHARA Las Vegas’ recovery station at The Tangier with endless Bloody Marys and mimosas. The select open bar package is currently available for $115 plus taxes and fees. All guests must be 21 years or older with a valid I.D. to attend. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

NATIONAL BLOODY MARY DAY AT THE TANGIER

For guests looking to indulge with endless Bloody Marys, The Tangier will also offer a distinct unlimited Bloody Mary package for $30 per person. Guests can enjoy Bloody Marys from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 1.

NATIONAL PEKING DUCK DAY AT THE NOODLE DEN

On Wednesday, Jan. 18, visitors are invited to celebrate National Peking Duck Day at The Noodle Den. As the national dish of China, The Noodle Den will offer Peking Duck Wraps to guests, featuring two pieces for $12.

NATIONAL BLUEBERRY PANCAKE DAY AT ZEFFER’S CAFÉ

Zeffer’s Café invites guests to savor their signature blueberry pancakes for $17 in celebration of National Blueberry Pancake Day on Saturday, Jan. 28.

MONTHLY SPECIALS

CASBAR Lounge
Featured cocktails available in January for $13:

  • Classic ’23 Martini – Crown Royal Vanilla Whisky, Jägermeister Cold Brew, simple syrup and espresso.
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll Margarita – Teremana Reposado Tequila, Cointreau, smoked cherry syrup and lime juice.
  • Hipster’s High Ball – The Botanist Gin, rosemary syrup, peppermint bitters, Q Elderflower Tonic

The Tangier

Featured cocktails available in January for $13:

  • Gingerbread Old Fashioned – World Reserve Bourbon, gingerbread syrup and Angostura bitters.
  • Pineapple Punch – Mount Gay Barrel Rum, Cointreau, chipotle pineapple syrup and lemon juice.
  • Blueberry Mule – Stoli Blueberi Vodka, simple syrup, lime juice and hibiscus ginger beer.

Chickie’s and Pete’s Crabhouse and Sports Bar

  • Available from Sunday, Jan. 1 through Tuesday, Jan. 31, Chickie’s and Pete’s will offer the patty melt as its burger of the month. Including an 8-ounce smashed burger patty topped with Swiss cheese, diced onions, diced jalapenos and spicy aioli on toasted rye bread, this burger will be available for $20.
  • Available now through Tuesday, Jan. 31, Chickie’s & Pete’s will have a special Surf and Turf dinner featuring an 8-ounce prime flat iron steak with maître d’ butter and a 3-ounce Maine lobster tail with a side of crabfries.

WINTER SPECIALS AT AMINA SPA

Available now through Monday, Feb. 27, Amina Spa invites guests to relax and rejuvenate with a variety of winter-inspired services and specials. For $55, visitors can enjoy a 50-minute Peppermint Pedicure, including a soothing peppermint-infused foot soak, moisturizing scrub, trim, cuticle cleanup and polish of choice. To rejuvenate the skin’s natural radiance, Amina Spa features the Very Berry Chocolate Facial. This 50-minute treatment includes an antioxidant cranberry cleanser and moisture-rich chocolate mask for $125. Guests interested in indulging in a full body massage can partake in the 50-minute Warm Gingerbread Massage for $125. This treatment, perfect for relaxing this holiday season, includes warmed oils with hints of gingerbread to soothe tired muscles and nourish dry skin.

CASINO PROMOTIONS
Birthday Kiosk Game

Infinity Rewards Members can swipe at the kiosk during their birthday month for a chance to receive prizes such as free slot play, point grants and dining credits.

Infinity Rewards New Member Kicker

Upon signing up for a new card, all new Infinity Rewards Members may earn points for additional prizes including up to $150 in free slot play.

Play to Earn Year of the Rabbit Coin

From Sunday, Jan. 1 through Tuesday, Jan. 31, Infinity Rewards Members can receive one Year of the Rabbit Coin by earning either 500 base slot points or 500 tier credits while supplies last. Members can also receive a second Year of the Rabbit Coin for earning either 1,000 base slot points or 1,000 tier credits. A maximum of two redemptions per Infinity Rewards account may be earned during January while supplies last.

$50,000 Press for Cash Drawing

All Infinity Rewards Members may earn entries daily from Sunday, Jan. 1 through Saturday, Feb. 25 for drawings each Saturday during the promotional period. Members can participate in the promotion by playing video poker, reel slots and table games. Players will receive 50 free electronic entries by swiping at the kiosk each day during the promotional period. Players must swipe on Saturdays between 5 p.m. and 7:55 p.m. to activate their entries for each Saturday drawing.

10x Multiplier on Reels on Mondays and Tuesdays
Every Monday and Tuesday in January, Infinity Rewards Members can swipe at the Infinity Rewards kiosk from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. to redeem the slot reel machines multiplier.

January Diamonds Kiosk Game

Every Monday through Thursday in January, Infinity Rewards Members can earn 50 base slot points or 50 tier credits on table games. Guests can participate in the promotion once per day. Prizes include free slot play, point grants, dining credits and match play.

Play to Earn Gift Card Giveaway
Every Thursday in January, Infinity Rewards Members can win one $50 Amazon gift card by earning 5,000 base slot points or 5,000 tier credits on table games. A maximum of one $50 Amazon gift card may be earned each Thursday while supplies last.

To find more great deals and promotions across the resort and learn more about Infinity Rewards, visit saharalasvegas.com

ABOUT SAHARA LAS VEGAS

SAHARA Las Vegas is an all-encompassing resort and casino with 1,613 guest rooms and suites in three distinctive towers – including the AAA® Four Diamond Alexandria Tower, more than 85,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, AZILO Ultra Pool, two rooftop pools and a collection of acclaimed restaurants, bars and entertainment venues. The inviting casino occupies 60,000 square feet and features approximately 600 of the latest slot and video poker machines, 50 classic table games, Infinity – a premium gaming lounge, The Poker Room at SAHARA Las Vegas and a sports book operated by global gaming leader, William Hill. An impressive selection of culinary and cocktail offerings includes Bazaar Meat by José Andrés™, named “Best Restaurant in Nevada” by Business Insider; famed Philadelphia sports bar Chickie’s & Pete’s; The Noodle Den from renowned Chef Guoming “Sam” Xin; CASBAR Lounge; Uno Más; Prendi; The Tangier; Zeffer’s and James Beard award-winning Chef Shawn McClain’s Balla. SAHARA Las Vegas is also proud to serve as home to MAGIC MIKE LIVE Las Vegas presented by Channing Tatum. SAHARA Las Vegas players can also enjoy the perks of an Infinity Rewards membership, a joint loyalty program between SAHARA and its sister property Grand Sierra Resort and Casino Reno, which gives players the opportunity to earn and redeem rewards across both destinations. SAHARA Las Vegas is a minority-owned business certified by the Western Regional Minority Supplier Development Council. For more information, please visit saharalasvegas.com and stay connected on InstagramFacebook and Twitter.

Hotel Californian in Santa Barbara via 360 Magazine.

HOTEL CALIFORNIAN DEBUTS FRESH NEW CULINARY EXPERIENCES

Santa Barbara’s iconoclastic hotel welcomes new talent to its culinary leadership team, unveils new cocktail menus and wine offerings, and announces special events

Hotel Californian, a mainstay destination in Santa Barbara’s bustling Funk Zone neighborhood, will enter the festive season with new talent in the kitchen and several captivating food and wine experiences.

Recent appointments to the hotel’s talented culinary team include Chef de Cuisine Joshua Legrand and returning Executive Pastry Chef Ron Viloria who are collaborating with Executive Chef Travis Watson to infuse inspiring new gastronomic experiences into the hotel’s many dining venues.Legrand spent the last decade as a chef with Boulder, Colorado-based Id Est Hospitality Group, led by James Beard Nominated Chef Kelly Whitaker. During his tenure, Legrand headed several of the group’s kitchens and oversaw high-profile openings including BASTA, BRUTØ and The Wolf’s Tailor. Viloria returned to Hotel Californian as Executive Pastry Chef earlier this year and will continue to champion the creation of exceptional baked goods and confections from scratch each day.

The hotel’s consciously expanded culinary team will host several events – in-person and virtually – in the coming weeks. Beyond the kitchen, locals and visitors can now indulge in a reimagined cocktail menu at Blackbird, Hotel Californian’s signature restaurant, and sip on fan favorites at Djinn, the Moroccan-inspired library bar. Additionally, the hotel’s popular tasting room, The Society: State & Mason, has welcomed new Foley Family Wines addition, Silverado Vineyards, to its selection of more than 70 world-class wines.

“Hotel Californian’s iconoclastic spirit truly echoes throughout the highly appealing updates we have made to our food and beverage program,” said Warren Nocon, Executive Vice President of Foley Entertainment Group’s Hospitality division. “With these new offerings and the thoughtful development to our culinary leadership team, we look forward to continue celebrating some of life’s greatest passions with our guests: world-class wines and exquisite cuisine.”

The hotel’s latest enhancements further its commitment to showcasing Central California as a world-class culinary destination on the American Riviera, providing the exploration and indulgence of a European vacation – without the passport. Located in the heart of the pulsating Funk Zone, bustling with galleries, wineries, and shops housed in converted warehouses adorned with graffiti murals and signature art pieces, Hotel Californian offers visitors easy access to explore the area’s cool factor while enjoying traditional Santa Barbara glamour.

New food and beverage experiences include the following:

Winemaker Dinners at Blackbird (November 17 and December 15; 6 – 8:30 p.m.)

·         A mainstay of the Funk Zone, Blackbird showcases coastal-inspired fare that emphasizes fresh seafood and locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Open for dinner five days a week from Tuesday to Saturday, Blackbird provides an approachable yet elevated taste of the region, including its storied wines. Its monthly Winemaker Dinner series features a food and wine pairing hosted by visiting winemakers from the Foley Family Wines portfolio. Traveling oenophiles and local wine enthusiasts can indulge in exquisite wines paired with a four-course meal curated and prepared by Chef Travis. November’s dinner is hosted by Winemaker Greg Freeman and features world-class wines from Chalone Vineyards, while December’s dinner puts the spotlight on a beloved collection of Foley Family Wines. Sip on a few of the Foley family’s favorite wines from across their portfolio while mingling with Second Generation Vintner Courtney Foley. For 2023, the hotel is pleased to continue the popular dinner series, and will announce dates and participating winemakers in the coming weeks. To learn more and book a reservation for the remaining events this year, visit Hotel’s Californian’s online calendar of events.

Dishing It Out for Charity at Blackbird and Goat Tree (November through December)

·         Blackbird and Goat Tree café are once again stepping up to the plate by creating signature dishes that will raise funds for a good cause during 805 Living’s 7th Annual Dishing It Out for Charity program. Both restaurants have created enticing new entrees for the challenge and will donate $2 from the sale of each sold during the months of November and December to Dream Foundation which provides end-of-life dreams to terminally ill adults. Blackbird’s Avocado-Crab Uni dish ($21) features jumbo lump crab stuffed avocado, Santa Barbara uni, pickled cucumber with smoked caviar. Those dining at Goat Tree can choose the Roasted Tomato and Tiger Shrimp Suga ($27) with tagliatelle, crispy shallots, Campari tomatoes, and torn basil.

New Cocktail Menu at Blackbird

·         Celebrity mixologist Devon Espinosa continues to shake up Santa Barbara’s spirits scene by presenting creative new libations to complement Executive Chef Travis’ creations. Capturing the hotel’s exotic and unconventional vibe, the new cocktail menu available at Blackbird includes concoctions like The Tramp, an ode to Charlie Chaplin’s most memorable on-screen character, to On the Ice, which thoughtfully brings the Foley Family’s growing portfolio of entertainment properties together in a single glass, playing tribute to the players on the Vegas Golden Knights and the Henderson Silver Knights. At Djinn, visitors will find familiar favorites such as Midnight in Morocco, a mix of Volcan tequila blanco, violette, orgeat, lime, Luxardo liqueur, and firewater bitters, and the Just Chai Me, an unusual blend of Copper & Kings apple brandy, Rittenhouse rye, and chai syrup that’s like a sip of the season.

The Society: State & Mason Welcomes Silverado Vineyards

·         Just steps from Santa Barbara’s Urban Wine Trail and occupying a prime corner on State Street and Mason Avenue with its chic indoor/outdoor space, The Society: State & Mason is the perfect spot for enthusiasts to kick off their wine wanderings. Offering unique and exclusive wine experiences, the Funk Zone’s newest tasting room, which opened in March 2022, features more than 70 world-class wines from across the Foley Family Wines portfolio, including Silverado Vineyard’s renowned Cabernet Sauvignon – the venue’s most recent introduction following Foley Family Wines’ acquisition of this famed Napa Valley winery this year. The Society: State & Mason is open daily Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Tuesdays with Travis

·         Hotel Californian is keeping locals and visitors inspired on social media this fall with Instagram sessions that include delectable tips and treats from Chef Travis. Tune in to Tuesdays with (Executive Chef) Travis on IGTV to learn new cooking skills or try one of his stand-out recipes. In this weekly series, Travis shows viewers how to make the most of the season by paying homage to quintessential flavors such as sweet and savory pumpkin-inspired dishes in the fall and Farmers’ Market finds in the summer, as well as offering tips for how to transform some traditional holiday go-to meals this year. Follow @hotelcalifornian on Instagram to learn something new each week. Previous episodes can also be found on the hotel’s Instagram page under the Reels tab.

Located 90 minutes from Los Angeles, 20 minutes from the Santa Barbara Airport, and one block from the Amtrak station, Hotel Californian is ideally situated for travelers seeking an iconoclastic getaway. For further information, please visit www.HotelCalifornian.com or call (805) 882-0100.

ABOUT HOTEL CALIFORNIAN

Hotel Californian continues to redefine luxury in the celebrated American Riviera. The 121-room boutique hotel is a magnet for the Hollywood elite, international visitors and locals alike. Featuring dazzling spaces from celebrity designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, the iconoclastic enclave – part history, part imagination and all Californian – continues to drive the revitalization of Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone while upending conventional expectations. Hotel Californian is Santa Barbara’s urban luxury resort destination. For more information, please visit www.HotelCalifornian.com.

ABOUT THE FOLEY ENTERTAINMENT GROUP

The Foley Entertainment Group is committed to providing five-star service and experiences to its fans, guests, customers and clients. Established by Bill Foley in 2021, FEG operates the Foley Family’s growing portfolio of entertainment properties which is highlighted by: the Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League, the Henderson Silver Knights of the American Hockey League, the Vegas Knight Hawks of the Indoor Football League, two community hockey facilities, the 6,000 seat Dollar Loan Center venue in Henderson, NV scheduled to open in the spring of 2022, the Vegas Golden Knights Foundation, Hotel Les Mars and Chalkboard Restaurant in Healdsburg, California, Hotel Californian and Blackbird restaurant in Santa Barbara, California, Whitefish Mountain in Whitefish, Montana, a number of other assets and any future acquisitions.

 

Las Catalinas Announces Opening of Papagayo Taphouse

Costa Rica’s car-free town adds to growing restaurant and retail offerings

Inspired by New Urbanism and the seaside hill towns of the Mediterranean, the car-free town of Las Catalinas continues to take shape and evolve since it began construction in 2009. The first neighborhood to be built in Las CatalinasBeach Town, is now nearing its completion and is a model for car-free living and intricate design. The low-rise Beach Town is extremely permeable for people on foot, and its textured hardscapes encourage maximum human-to-human interaction. As this scenic coastal town continues to grow, Las Catalinas adds to its eclectic list of food and beverage and retail offerings with the opening of its newest restaurant in Beach Town.

Recently opened in early November 2022, Beach Town in Las Catalinas welcomes Papagayo Taphouse by Papagayo Brewing Co. Leading the way with sustainability and sustainable brew practices throughout Costa Rica, Papagayo Brewing Co. is a Liberia-based brewery and tasting room producing quality craft beers accentuating the Guanacaste climate and culture. Just a stone’s throw from the Liberia airport, its flagship location produces craft beers proudly “hechas en Guanacaste” (made in Guanacaste) and inspired by the local culture and climate. With the strong belief that quality craft beer should be as refreshing as it is flavorful, Papagayo Brewing Co. is the beer to take from the brewery to the beach. Their taproom offers private group tours which is something not all craft breweries in Costa Rica offer.

Some of Papagayo Brewing Co.’s highlights include the Beach Lager (5%), an easy-drinking traditional lager; Tropical IPA (6.2%), known for its intense flavor of tropical fruits and juicy hops; Sour Gose (4.5%), a German-style sour beer with pink Himalayan salt and hibiscus; and the Passion Fruit Ale (5.5%), a light, golden pale ale with local passion fruit. The brewery just released its newest beer, the Offshore Ale, an American wheat ale with floral and citrusy notes. The IPA Series is a limited batch series with the first release date in May and the second release in August of this year.

For many years, the craft beer boom has steadily grown in North America,  but the last five or so years has seen significant growth in the craft beer market in Costa Rica. Although the capital city of San Jose continues to be the leader in the craft beer scene in the country, Guanacaste is starting to see an influx of small micro-breweries to craft breweries with innovative and robust menus. Throughout Guanacaste, brew pubs, taprooms, and distributor breweries are pulling from local traditions, fresh ingredients, and even the Blue Zone water to brew beer that reflects the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica. 

Papagayo Taphouse adds to the growing list of food and beverage offerings in Beach Town. Situated in the lively gathering place of Plaza Mercado, other openings this year included: Pots & Bowlsthe popular restaurant that first opened as a food truck in the height of the pandemic now operating as a stand-alone restaurant and its new sister restaurant next door called Pascual offering farm-to-table tapas and a wide selection of wines. This summer also saw the opening of Coquelicot, a charming European style food cart specializing in ice cream and waffles.

Focusing on creating a better way of life, the New Urbanist philosophy centers on building walkable blocks and streets, housing and shopping in close proximity, and accessible public spaces and parks to encourage livability, environmental sustainability, and innovation. The 21-acre Beach Town is a vibrant network of narrow passages, stair streets, and intimate public spaces. With nearly all of the buildings located on a small plaza or park, Beach Town embraces the core values of Las Catalinas by linking people, places, and conversations together in an authentic way.

About Las Catalinas, www.lascatalinascr.com

The conscious town of Las Catalinas is Costa Rica’s newest desirable beach town, currently with 142 homes complete and 150 full-time residents. Inspired by New Urbanist philosophy, the car-free, highly walkable town will include several inns and intimate hotels, shops, restaurants, retail, day spas, pedestrian streets, parks, plazas, and recreational facilities, all located between two of Costa Rica’s loveliest Pacific beaches and 1,000 acres of protected tropical dry forest, which are interlaced with extensive hiking and biking trails. Within the town, the walkable public spaces are interwoven with nature, and the architecture emphasizes indoor-outdoor living and scenic views. Cars are refreshingly absent. Founder Charles Brewer’s core values and beliefs include environmental stewardship, connection to one another and to the rhythms of nature, promotion of wellness, and an emphatic preference for quality of life over quantity of material possessions, understanding that the “good life” is not about material possessions but about human connections, good health, and ecological sustainability.

Angama Amboseli at Mount Kilimanjaro via 360 MAGAZINE

ANGAMA AMBOSELI × KENYA

ANGAMA AMBOSELI TO OPEN IN NOVEMBER 2023

Angama has announced the November 2023 opening of Angama Amboseli, an intimate 10-suite lodge set in Kenya’s private 5,700-acre Kimana Sanctuary, against the iconic backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Designed by the same team behind the Maasai Mara’s Angama Safari Camp — architect Jan Allan and interior designers Annemarie Meintjes and Alison Mitchell — each of Angama Amboseli’s tented suites (including two sets of connecting family units) features a super king bed, a personalized drinks armoire and a dressing area connecting to a bathroom with a double vanity and double shower. To maximize the views of Kilimanjaro, each suite has floor-to-ceiling screened doors leading to a private deck with a shaded lounge area, an outdoor shower and Angama’s signature rocking chairs.

The lodge’s guest area will feature indoor/outdoor dining with an expansive baraza, a sundowner fire pit where guests can watch the light change on Africa’s tallest mountain, and an infinity swimming pool equipped with a drinking trough for elephants. The Studios will house a safari shop, a fun games room for the whole family, a gallery and makers’ studio for Kenyan artisans — along with a photography studio to assist guests with everything from renting cameras and editing pictures to photo shoots.

With exclusive traversing rights and unrestricted game viewing, Angama Amboseli offers remarkable density of wildlife, including elephants, eland, buffalo, reedbuck, giraffe, zebra, warthogs, leopards, cheetahs, servals and many birds of prey — all of which can be viewed on an early-morning “pajama safari” when the views of Mount Kilimanjaro are best. Guests may also choose to visit Amboseli National Park, a short 45-minute drive from the lodge.

“Set within a fever tree forest where some of Africa’s last Super Tuskers* roam, Angama Amboseli will be a gentle start or finish to any East African safari, and a lovely contrast to the wide open plains of the Maasai Mara,” says Steve Mitchell, Angama’s CEO and Co-Founder. “Guests can expect Angama’s signature blend of warm and gracious Kenyan service, well-considered guest experiences, contemporary African design with delightful touches throughout — and just enough spontaneity and humor to ensure that no one forgets to have fun.”

Angama Amboseli is easily accessible via daily Safarilink flights from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport to the Sanctuary’s private airfield or nearby airstrips; and private charters are also welcome for direct connectivity to and from the Maasai Mara. The lodge is also accessible by car via a 3.5-hour paved road drive from Nairobi.

To learn more about Angama Amboseli, go to: www.angama.com/stay/angama-amboseli.

*A Super Tusker is an elephant bull with a genetic predisposition for tusks weighing as much as 100 pounds each, often so long that they drag along the ground as they walk.  

ABOUT ANGAMA

Swahili for ‘suspended in mid-air’, Angama offers high-touch safari experiences in one-of-a-kind locations across East Africa. Innkeepers at heart, the team finds joy in looking after guests and reconnecting them with the natural world. To create opportunities and make a tangible difference to the communities and ecosystems it operates in, Angama leases from landowners, hires locally and supports education, healthcare & conservation projects through its Foundation. Its flagship property, Angama Mara, sits 1,000 feet above the Maasai Mara, where guests are spoilt for choice exploring the park’s abundant wildlife and enjoying an array of experiences at the lodge. Angama Safari Camp, an exclusive-use tented camp found in the heart of the Mara Triangle, has its own dedicated staff and all the comforts of 21st century camping. And in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro lies Angama Amboseli, an intimate lodge set in a private wildlife sanctuary — a refuge for some of Africa’s last Super Tusker elephants — opening November 2023. 

Sommerro in Oslo via 360 MAGAZINE

Oslo Hotels

It’s no secret that Oslo is a frontrunner for one of the top getaways in the world this year, with every corner of the happy city full of delicious seafood, exciting cultural offerings, and captivating hotel options. The city is experiencing a surge in new art galleries, restaurants, theaters, shops, and museums, including the new National Museum and Munch Museum, further solidifying its place as the cultural epicenter of Northern Europe and one of the hottest destinations to visit now. 

Host to a diverse set of accommodation offerings, each with its own distinct personality and experiential programming, visitors can choose their own Oslo adventure based on the type of trip they want to create. 

Some top hotel options include:

  • An Art Deco Cultural Immersion at the Brand New Sommerro:
    • The new place to stay in Norway’s capital, the 231-room Sommerro officially opened its doors in Frogner, a historic neighborhood in Oslo’s West End, on September 1. Set within the former headquarters of Oslo Lysverker, the city’s original electrical company and a 1930s landmark, the hotel presents a trifecta of “first and only” – it is the city’s only Art Deco hotel, its first neighborhood hotel outside of the city center, and the country’s largest-ever preservation project. Guests will enjoy the grandeur of Sommerro’s custom furnishings and artwork contrasted with a sleek new modern rooftop space that includes TAK Oslo, a Nordic-Japanese restaurant helmed by chef Frida Ronge that is one of seven on-property restaurants and bars, a sauna, and Oslo’s only year-round rooftop pool with some of the best views in the city. Inspired by Frogner’s classic and creative neighborhood spirit, Sommerro serves as an open and inspiring house for all, where visitors can enjoy a dynamic range of immersive programming and activities including a residency with jazz musician and composer Maren Selvaag, an extensive art collection curated by acclaimed museum director and art critic Sune Nordgren, the largest wellbeing space of any city hotel across the Nordic countries, boat trips with KOK floating saunas, and more. Nightly rates at Sommerro start from USD$250 based on double occupancy and include breakfast. For more information, visit Sommerrohouse.com.
  • A Historic City Center Escape at Amerikalinjen:
    • Occupying one of the city’s most recognizable buildings, Amerikalinjen opened its doors in March 2019 on Jernbanetorget Square, adjacent to the bustling Central Station in downtown Oslo and just a short stride from the new Munch Museum and Deichman Library’s newly renovated flagship. Originally the headquarters for the Norwegian America Line that transported Norwegians across the Atlantic to the New World, the iconic building, which dates to 1919, has since been transformed into a modern-day marvel with luxurious accommodations, delicious dining, a chic jazz club, locally crafted amenities, and impeccable, personalized service. The surprisingly intimate 122-room property is layered with equal doses of subtle nostalgic references and forward-thinking design, and is defined not only by its accommodations, but also a standout offering of buzzy restaurants and bars, including Pier 42 – voted Best Cocktail Bar in Norway in 2021 and 2022 – which is led and managed by Adrián Michalčík who was recently named the Diageo World Class Global Bartender of the Year. Nightly rates at Amerikalinjen start at US$250 based upon double occupancy. For more information, visit Amerikalinjen.com.
  • The Ultimate Art & Spa Resort Experience at THE THIEF:
    • A luxury waterfront hideaway located on “Thief Island” near downtown Oslo, THE THIEF is the crown jewel of this city-meets-sea peninsula that has been transformed from an islet hideout for local bandits to an ultra-trendy arts district. Here, guests will find carefully selected furniture and top international art pieces gracing the hotel’s walls, creating a chic, museum-like atmosphere. Its permanent collection was curated by the former director of Norway’s National Museum of Art, and its lounge hosts stylish events including concerts, fashion shows, and book launches. Taking advantage of the stunning harbor views of the Oslofjord and the surrounding sea breeze, the THIEF ROOF FOODBAR is open to guests throughout the summer months, where they will be greeted with live music, contemporary Nordic cuisine, signature cocktails, tailored service and more. The hotel also plays host to a sleek spa, which is connected to the property via an underground walkway so guests can remain in complete privacy as they indulge in a plush robe and glass of bubbles on their way to a decadent and relaxing body scrub treatment – the perfect urban escape.  Nightly rates at THE THIEF start at US$300 based upon double occupancy. For more information, visit TheThief.com.
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DJ CARDI 3-DAY PARTY

Miami’s DJ Cardi Talks 3-Day Party on 360 MAG Spotify/Apple podcast w/ Vaughn | HERE.

Miami’s Premiere DJ Cardi Hosts Destination 3-Day Party in the Bahamas at the Hilton At Resorts World Bimini in North Bimini, Bahamas. 

Spend Labor Day weekend in paradise with DJ Cardi experiencing the best beats in the world on Sept. 2 – 4 at the Hilton at Resorts World Bimini Hotel in North Bimini, Bahamas with beautiful ladies and the hottest men while enjoying a stunning tropical oasis. 

Located 50 miles off the coast of Miami, join the closest private beach to the coastal United States with DJ Cardi at Resorts World Bimini Beach which features two lagoon pools, lounge chairs and day beds, hammocks, oceanfront and poolside private cabanas, multiple bars, bohemian-inspired furnishings and décor, and Caribbean-inspired beachfront dining with unobstructed ocean views.

Hotel packages for this special three-day Caribbean getaway start at $549 per person and includes; concert tickets, round-trip transportation, hotel stay, and complimentary entry to Resorts World Bimini Beach.

Interested parties can also opt to partake in the fun by making it a day trip and purchase individual concert tickets for $22 plus fees are HERE.

DJ Cardi isn’t the only talent to make the three-day weekend memorable—Comedian Mario Ramil will also provide standup entertainment during the weekend’s epic parties and festivities.

DJ Cardi’s popular remixes can be heard in DJ sets around the globe and have helped him build a renowned reputation within the music and entertainment industry as one of Miami’s hottest DJs.

Combining his love for r&b and hip hop with infectious, feel-good disco and tropical house, DJ Cardi is known to uplift and inspire crowds with feel good vibrations and epic music mixes. 

Learn more about South Florida’s iconic purveyor of music, DJ Cardi, and book him for your upcoming events by going HERE

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The Clement Palo Alto all-inclusive hotel review by Vaughn Lowery for 360 MAGAZINE

Clement Hotel Palo Alto

A Personalized Luxury Accommodation in a Contemporary Atmosphere.

Choosing the right hotel may be a daunting undertaking, but once you’ve selected the right one, it’s usually a repeat. Clement Hotel is a repeat; we learned that one overseas family has been occupying two rooms for nearly 3 months. Opened since March 2016, Palo Alto hosts a six-star hospitality experience with one of the most advanced, and unique luxury all-inclusive establishments in Northern America. This pristine property is situated in Silicon Valley, just 30 minutes south of San Francisco and 20 minutes north of San Jose; the perfect location to avoid the hectic city life and dull suburbia.

The Clement Hotel follows a concept that is unprecedented, truly a one-of-a-kind. It’s secret? They just pay really close attention to each of their clients. Upon check-in, every client receives a personal concierge. Your concierge functions as an assistant, who facilitates your stay by supplying every need. Ours even assisted with providing a very specific, yet, makeshift listing of events, bars and restaurants within the San Francisco area, that played top 40 hip-hop. Prior to arrival, patrons complete an email survey with dietary restrictions, special needs, requests and preferred cuisines. The client relations representative is a “genie in a bottle,” that makes its customer’s wishes come true.

Always armed with a WiFi connected tablet, they can answer any queries or concerns about virtually any pressing issue that surfaces in any area of the property. And, if you’ve seemingly lost them, don’t fret because they’re strapped with an in-house networked iPhone with an extension so they’re reachable via text or call throughout the campus.

Once inside the rooms, the Clement Hotel showcases exquisite quality and embellishments. There are 23 stylish king suites available throughout 4 floors and all of which are well-equipped with cell phone chargers, international electricity outlets and floor to ceiling windows. The 650 sq. ft., single-bedroom offers modern and sophisticated comfort, providing an intuitive layout with an array of carefully curated amenities to enhance the guest’s stay. State-of-the-art technology is combined with comfort of the highest standard, such as luxurious Frette linens, 65-inch Samsung Smart TVs, Nespresso Vertuoline coffee machines, powered blinds and fully stocked in-room refrigerators. The bathrooms are lavish, containing a small screen TV concealed inside the mirror and a heated seat Toto toilet/bidet equipped with an infrared remote control. The glass stall showers are tourist, celebrity and business traveler ready, installed with rain head or massage handles. Or, enjoy a relaxing bath in its deep-soak tub with salts provided. Another meticulous detail that adds flair to this space, are the heated floors with wall thermostat control.

After a night on the town at San Francisco’s “Love + Propaganda” 360 Magazine enjoyed a toasted sesame bagel with salami, pepperoni and thinly sliced meat alongside of microwaved Brie cheese at 3AM in the 24-hour kitchen pantry. A fully stocked 6-foot display case refrigerates bottled refreshments alongside of an extensive variety of yogurts and Tin Pot, a local handcrafted ice cream prepared with organic ingredients. Not to mention, various granola bars, fruit and pre-wrapped goodies were sprinkled throughout. Other all-inclusive service and amenities include: breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks; all non/alcoholic drinks, inroom banqueting, minibar, business center, valet parking, twice-daily housekeeping services, overnight shoe shine services, high-speed internet, personal experience specialist and gratuities. Not to mention, an open bar service available anywhere in the hotel. This convenience-styled hotel is hosted by a very attentive and sympathetic staff that makes sure visitors feel at home at every moment. After all, business is all about relationships, and traveling alone after-awhile can be lonely. But, Clement actually makes lonely travels preferable, the entire staff is accessible, extremely professional and charismatic – our newest friends!

Guest’s visitors are also permitted to luxuriate in all that The Clement Hotel has to offer. An exclusive chef presides over “The Kitchen” area, which holds many of your tasteful dishes. In fact, one afternoon, former resident chef, Phillip Pagan, prepared appetizers (homemade potato chips) with built-in deep fryer at the island (adjacent to dining/living area), where the team freely reminisced about our recent travels and the gorgeous Jaguar F-Pace First Edition, which was our means of transportation.

Business drop-ins have access to secure private rooms that are well equipped for teleconferencing. They are ideal for receptions, private meals and activities. All attendees have complete access to all the above mentioned amenities and valet parking. In fact, most vehicles are kept underneath the property in a lower level garage, which is only accessible to staff.

For additional information on this property go HERE.

Article: Vaughn Lowery

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Jay Leno hosts a concourse de elegance at Wynn Las Vegas via 360 Magazine

Jay Leno at Vegas Concours d’Elegance

The third annual Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance, one of the world’s most prestigious automotive events, debuts at Wynn Las Vegas on Friday, Oct. 28, through Sunday, Oct. 30. The luxury automotive experience pays homage to remarkable cars of the past, present and future at Wynn Golf Club, the 129-acre championship golf course at Wynn Las Vegas.

“The Concours d’Elegance and its legendary display of design, craftmanship and grandeur is precisely the type of elevated experience that our guests will thoroughly enjoy for years to come,” said Brian Gullbrants, President of Wynn Las Vegas. “Rare and priceless automobiles displayed upon the fairways of our Wynn Golf Club is a perfect match for this annual Wynn Las Vegas event.”

The lineup of weekend events will include:

  • The Gala Concours Dinner, kicks off festivities on Friday evening and offers live entertainment, tasting stations and curated cocktails at Wynn Las Vegas’ premier nightclub, XS. The exclusive evening will showcase the Helene Awards, a ceremony signature to the Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance that honors visionaries in the automotive industry.
  • The centerpiece of the weekend, the Concours d’Elegance exhibition on Saturday, Oct. 29 will display a collection of rare and unique automobiles from around the world. The event is expected to showcase more than 100 exceptional collector cars from both pre- and post-war periods, and will include a special appearance by well-known automotive enthusiast and distinguished car collector Jay Leno. Each year, Concours d’Elegance highlights a different Marque, which is a distinctive automobile model or brand. The 2022 Marque is the Ferrari F40. The event also consists of nearly 20 judged, non-judged and contemporary classes, such as British Post-War Sports and Sports Racing, American Luxury (1925-1942), European Luxury (1925-1942), Antiques (pre-1924), Race Cars, and more. Starting at 2 p.m., an esteemed panel of judges will present Best of Show winners and standouts with the coveted Helene Award statuette.
  • The Chairman’s VIP Tasting on Oct. 29 is a premium lunchtime tasting experience underneath the grand rotunda on Wynn’s event lawn, and features select hosted bars alongside a range of tasting stations designed by executive chef Kelly Bianchi. Assorted tasting stations include: a sushi station with sashimi and assorted rolls; a beef tenderloin carving station; a slider station featuring Maine lobster and surf and turf, among others; a made-to-order pizza and pasta station; and a whimsical donut station.
  • The Concours Cookout will feature a variety of grab-and-go options and select hosted bars amid the beautiful greenery of Wynn’s event lawn, also on Oct. 29. Grab-and-go offerings include a salad and sandwich station, a kebab station, a taco bar, backyard-inspired barbecue such as wagyu beef hotdogs and a spicy fried chicken sandwich, as well as desserts like custom ice cream sandwiches and caramel corn.
  • Guests may also purchase a VIP experience that combines Concours d’Elegance exhibition viewing with entry to the fairway tasting tents. The Concours d’Elegance + Hosted Bar includes a selection of the fine- and casual-dining options Wynn Las Vegas is known for, as well as select beverages.
  • The weekend of festivities conclude on Sunday, Oct. 30 with the Tour d’Elegance, a motorcade down the famous Las Vegas Strip where Jay Leno will serve as grand marshal.

Additionally, Wynn Las Vegas will offer a selection of room packages that showcase the resort’s newly re-designed accommodations. These include:

  • Chairman’s Suite Package, which features two nights in a 1,280 square feet Wynn Parlor Suite, as well as two tickets to the Friday night Gala Concours Dinner, the Concours d’Elegance exhibition and Chairman’s VIP Tasting.
  • Chairman’s Resort Package, which includes two nights in a Wynn Resort King, two tickets to the Concours d’Elegance exhibition and entry to the Chairman’s VIP Tasting.
  • Concours VIP Package, which features two nights in a Wynn Resort King, two tickets to the Gala Concours Dinner, two tickets to the Concours d’Elegance exhibition, and entry to the Concours Cookout.
  • Concours Package, which consists of two nights in a Wynn Resort King, two tickets to the Concours d’Elegance exhibition and entry to the Concours Cookout.

Prices for each package vary. For additional event information, to buy tickets, or to apply for entry, please visit HERE.